What Sheri’s Reading: March 2017 Edition
A curated list for your reading pleasure — some light-hearted articles, some that are thought-provoking, and some of a more practical nature:
- This Bull Market Isn’t as Old as Some Seem to Think (BloombergView) “Why is this important? Understanding how old a bull market is may very likely affect your expectations of future returns, your risk appetite, even your investment allocations. Misunderstanding when a bull market began is potentially a very expensive error to make.”
- Investing When No One Really Knows What to Do (A Wealth of Common Sense) “Those who have missed most or all of the bull market are frightened to jump in right now while those who stayed invested are worried about giving back some or all of their gains. It seems like very few investors know what to do right now. Here are some thoughts on how to think about investing when it seems like no one really knows what to do…”
- Let Me Convince You To Save Money (Morgan Housel) “…the best reason to save is to gain control over your time.”
- You Spring Forward For Daylight Saving Time Because Of Energy Policy, Not Farmers (Forbes) “In fact,according to Tufts University professor Michael Downing, ‘That’s the complete inverse of what’s true. The farmers were the only organized lobby against daylight saving in the history of the country.’ Why? Among other reasons, it left them with an hour less sunlight to get crops to market.”
- Do you know? Is it Daylight Savings Time or Daylight Saving Time? (timeanddate.com)
- ‘Justice at the Opera’: Ginsburg takes center stage at WNO and brings down the house (The Washington Post) “The singers were palpably aware of <Ruth Bader>Ginsburg’s presence, presiding from an armchair at the side of the stage when she wasn’t speaking from the lectern between numbers. Adams, as Belcore, had her notarize the contract inducting Nemorino into the army, which she did with good grace.”
- Bias in the ER (Nautilus) “A part of good science is to see what everyone else can see but think what no one else has ever thought.”
- A Cartoonist Savors His Favorite Art for The New Yorker (The New York Times) “My mantra is to leave no joke unjoked,” he said. “I just feel that being funny is being awake.”
“2017 Reading Challenge”
This year I set a challenge to read 24 books in 2017 by reading at least 25 pages a day, a solid recommendation made by Larry’s son, Jeff Annello. That’s less than my goal of 38 for 2016 because I have some longer, heftier books I want to tackle. Please pass on any suggestions from your reading as I’m always interested in adding to my “to be read” list. Almost nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by piles of books to choose from when it is time to select my next read.
SAGE Serendipity: Why you want to listen to the NPR Fresh Air interview with author Adam Alter …
“Ten years ago, before the iPad and iPhone were mainstream, the average person had an attention span of about 12 seconds,” Alter tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies. Now, he says, “research suggests that there’s been a drop from 12 to eight seconds … shorter than the attention of the average goldfish, which is nine seconds.”
Alter’s book is Irresistible, which examines our screen addictions.